Concluded
 CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament 2014
Organised by BSAM
07 May 2014 to 21 May 2014

Kamal Chawla (RLY)

  • Venue

    The Cricket Club Of India

    Dishaw wacha Road,
    Churchgate, Mumbai - 400 002

  • Entry Fees

    Entry By Selection Only

  • Price Money

     

      BILLIARDS SNOOKER
    WINNER 75,000 1,00,000
    RUNNER UP 40,000 60,000
    SEMI FINALIST 20,000 (each) 30,000 (each)
    QUARTER FINALIST 10,000 (each) 15,000 (each)
    PRE QUARTER FINALIST 5,000 (each) 7,500 (each)
    HIGHEST BREAK 5,000 10,000 (only above 100)

     

  • Description

     

    CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament 2014
     CCI Classic Billiards  07-05-2014 to 13-05-2014 Draw Result
    CCI Classic Snooker 14-05-2014 to 21-05-2014 Draw Result

     

      Snooker  Final 21-5-14:: Faisal Khan (RLY) V/S  Kamal Chawla (RLY)  2:00 PM

     

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    Classic Chawla wins CCI snooker crown 

    India No. 2 Kamal Chawla subdued India No. 5 Faisal Khan to win the snooker title, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament. Asian Championship bronze medallist Chawla avenged his defeat at the Dadar Club-Matunga Gymkhana final against Khan as he romped to a 7-4 victory in the best-of-13 frames championship round, after leading 4-0, that earned him the winner’s prize of Rs. 1 lakh, while Khan received Rs. 60,000. Khan, who shocked favourite Aditya Mehta in the quarter-finals, ignored the huge and early deficit and initiated a brilliant comeback midway when he snatched three frames in a row to set the stage for a cliffhanger. But a brilliant break of 73 in the crucial eighth frame gave the more experienced Chawla a 5-3 advantage.
    The never-say-die Khan held on to narrow the margin to 4-5 that set the contest alight until Chawla fired a 44 in the 10th frame and wrapped up the following frame and match as Khan struggled to wriggle out of tight situations.
    “After enjoying that big lead, I missed three safety shots that allowed Faisal to get back,” explained Chawla. “He’s a good player and capitalised on his chances whenever possible. But I stuck to my plan and played crucial balls well.” 
    “I was never under pressure, but today the balls unfortunately did not roll in my favour,” reasoned Khan. “I missed a sitter blue in the (crucial) eighth frame which I could have won. But Kamal played well and deserved to be the victor.” 
    Earlier, Chawla and Khan registered contrasting semi-final wins. While Khan demolished Delhi based Pushpender Singh of Railways 5-0 in the best-of-nine frames contest, Chawla overcame Sourav Kothari of PSPB 5-3 in a tight second semi-final. Chawla led 2-1 after dropping the opening frame that included a
    brilliant 89 break in the third frame in reply to Kothari’s 76 in the first. He went ahead 3-2 but Kothari drew level to set the stage for a humdinger. But Chawla capitalised on small but crucial leads in the seventh and eighth frames that left Kothari little room for recovery and a closer finish. 
    Results: Snooker: Final: Kamal Chawla (Rlys) bt Faisal Khan (Rlys) 98-36, 77-49, 72-16, 62-32, 39-68, 7-75(67), 44-75, 73(73)-1, 48-69, 70(44)-24, 57-19.


    Faisal Khan shocks Aditya Mehta

    India No. 2 Kamal Chawla escapes to victory

    India No. 5 Faisal Khan shocked title favourite Aditya Mehta to storm into snooker the semi-finals, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Tuesday.

    Khan, who scraped into the knock out, fashioned the most significant win in his fledgling career and the tournament’s biggest upset with a 4-2 win over Mehta in an exciting quarter-finals that had its fair share of thrills.

    Khan raced to a 2-0 lead for an early cushion that included a break of 63 in the second frame, in the best-of-seven contest. But Mehta lived up to his reputation with a stunning comeback that reflected his class to draw level with a 51 break in the third and 80 in the fourth.

    Khan regained the lead with a break of 41 in the fifth frame and trailed by 56 points in the crucial but eventful sixth frame. To his horror, Mehta, who missed the yellow, forfeited 54 precious points via the foul-and-miss that eventually gave Khan a slender four-point advantage.

    With only the blue, pink and black remaining, Mehta missed the sitter blue at the mouth of the pocket as Khan returned to pot the colour with a long cannon before ending Mehta’s campaign in a dramatic finish on the black.

    “It is my first tournament after my return from the pro tour and I feel I played well. I should have sealed the sixth frame but I missed the yellow and made silly mistakes,” explained a disappointed Mehta, who heads for the Saturday’s Wuxi Classic qualifiers in Wales. “I needed just one good visit to get back into the match. I would have loved to have won this title as it would have surely boosted my confidence in Wales.”

    “The early lead made my life easy,” said a delighted Khan who will take on Pushpender Singh of Delhi. “While Aditya made quite a few mistakes, I capitalised on my chances. It was not an easy win though. He made it really tough for me.”

    The quality contest between Khan and Mehta set the trend for more exciting action as the remaining three quarter-finals went down to the wire. While Sourav Kothari rallied from 0-2 to bet Rupesh Shah and Pushpender Singh rallied from 1-2 to prevail over Himanshu Jain of Andhra Pradesh, India No. 2 Kamal Chawla recovered from a 1-3 deficit to halt India No. 4 Dharmender Lily of Punjab.

    Lily frittered away the 3-1 advantage when he missed the green in the crucial fifth frame that changed his fortunes. After forcing the decider, Chawla sealed the issue in a thrilling black ball finish with a difficult pot.

    Earlier, in the pre-quarter-finals, Himanshu Jain shocked India No. 7 and Maharashtra No. 1 Laxman Rawat 4-2 after leading 3-0, while India No. 6 Sundeep Gulati of Delhi and India No. 8 Shivam Arora of Bihar also joined the casualty list.

    In the process, Maharashtra No. 2 Hasan Badami frittered away an envious 3-1 lead to go down to Pushpender Singh in a 4-3 thriller.

    Results: Snooker: Quarter-finals: Kamal Chawla (Rlys) bt Dharmender Lily (Pun) 50-72(40), 57-27, 15-65, 25-84(66), 73-54, 65-29, 76-63; Pushpender Singh (Rlys) bt Himanshu Jain (AP) 13-80(67), 61-50, 0-71(59), 52-1, 62-17, 40-78, 67-55; Faisal Khan (Rlys) bt Aditya Mehta (PSPB) 61-12, 89(63)-4, 17-69(51), 0-92(80), 63(40)-10, 91-89(56), Sourav Kothari (PSPB) bt Rupesh Shah (PSPB) 39-55, 15-56, 74-37, 76-40, 32-73(42), 67-38, 69-8.

    Pre-Quarter-finals: Himanshu Jain bt Laxman Rawat (PSPB) 56-24, 59(40)-23, 57(40)-32, 38-69, 16-86, 81-57; Rupesh Shah bt Shivam Arora (Bihar) 27-67, 73-5, 73(66)-15, 66-72, 20-54, 94(59)-0, 68-15; Faisal Khan bt Manan Chandra (PSPB) 69-9, 74-20, 14-68, 0-68, 67-22, 65-13; Aditya Mehta bt Sundeep Gulati (Del) 49-19, 12-47, 61-58, 80-57, 70-28; Pushpender Singh bt Hasan Badami (CCI) 7-87(47,40), 41-68, 67-41, 32-91, 76(40)-10, 77-41, 66-34; Sourav Kothari bt Rafath Habib (Rlys) 61-26, 46-59, 77-43, 67-1, 67-46; Dharmender Lily bt Nikhil Ootam (CCI) 61-26, 7-73(61), 40-72, 67(45)-28, 62-27, 60-56; Kamal Chawla bt Rovin D’Souza (Rlys) 91(61)-31, 57-33, 73-36, 72-14.


    Badami, Khan scrape through

    Mehta, Arora, Kothari delight with century breaks

    India No. 5 Faisal Khan and Maharashtra No. 2 Hasan Badami fashioned crucial wins to scrape into the snooker pre-quarter-finals, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Monday.

    With two losses and three wins behind him, Khan overcame Aditya Agrawal in a concluding Group D contest where a win was mandatory for either to qualify for the knock out. In the process, Khan’s 3-0 win over Agrawal paved the way for former Maharashtra junior champion Rovin D’Souza.

    The story was similar in Group B, where Badami, who had three losses and a win, registered crucial back-to-back wins over Manav Panchal and Malkeet Singh in his concluding ties to qualify along with the trio he lost to, India No. 2 Kamal Chawla, India No. 7 and Maharashtra No. 1 Laxman Rawat and Manan Chandra.

    The significant casualty was Siddharth Parikh who crashed to three straight defeats in Group C that dashed his hopes of entering the knock out.

    Meanwhile, Group A biggies, Aditya Mehta, India No. 8 Shivam Arora and Sourav Kothari added to the excitement with big breaks. Arora fired 122 in the opening frame against Mehta in their concluding group tie, while Mehta replied with the competition’s highest break of 129 in the fourth, and Kothari hit an unfinished 117 in his 3-1 win over Tamil Nadu based Dilip Kumar of Railways.

    Results: Snooker Round Robin: A: Aditya Mehta (PSPB) bt Shivam Arora (Bihar) 3-1; Sourav Kothari (PSPB) bt Dilip Kumar (Rlys) 3-1; Nikhil Ootam (CCI) bt Jaiveer Dhingra (PSPB) 3-1.

    B: Hasan Badami (CCI) bt Manav Panchal (Mah) 3-0; Manan Chandra (PSPB) bt Nitesh Madan (Rlys) 3-0; Hasan Badami bt Malkeet Singh (CCI) 3-1.

    C: Pushpender Singh (Rlys) bt Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) 3-2; Dharmender Lily (Pun) bt Siddharth Parikh 3-1; Rupesh Shah (PSPB) bt Sundeep Gulati (Del) 3-0; Rupesh Shah bt Siddharth Parikh 3-2; Dharmender Lily bt Kekoo Nicholson (CCI) 3-0.

    D: Faisal Khan (Rlys) bt Aditya Agrawal (Rlys) 3-0.


    Chawla, Habib, Jain qualify

    Kothari stretches Aditya Mehta

    Rafath Habib of Railways and Himanshu Jain of Andhra Pradesh registered crucial wins to qualify for the snooker pre-quarter-finals from Group D, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Sunday.

    Playing his sixth and concluding tie in the group, Habib, who suffered just a solitary loss to India No. 5 Faisal Khan, overcame Arvind Kumar 3-1 for his fifth win that helped him top the group. Jain, who endured two losses including a 2-3 thriller to Kumar earlier where he fired a break of 102, beat Raj Khandwala of CCI 3-1 for his fourth win to finish second in the group.

    Railway cueists Aditya Agrawal and Rovin D’Souza also recorded crucial wins in Group D to keep alive their hopes of entering the knock out. Agrawal beat D’Souza 3-1, while D’Souza shocked Faisal Khan in a 3-2 thriller.

    India No. 2 and Asian Championship bronze medallist Kamal Chawla of Railways completed a clean sweep, winning all his six ties to top Group B. The Bhopal based cueist prevailed over Manan Chandra 3-2, winning the decider on the blue in his concluding tie.

    Title contender Aditya Mehta qualified from Group A after recording his fourth win from five outings. Mehta endured a stiff challenge from Sourav Kothari before snatching a 3-2 win after trailing 0-1 and 1-2.

    Delhi based Pushpender Singh of Railways also qualified from Group C where he registered an impressive four wins from five matches.

    Results: Snooker Round Robin: A: Nikhil Ootam (CCI) bt Dilip Kumar (Rlys) 3-1; Aditya Mehta (PSPB) bt Sourav Kothari (PSPB) 3-2; Sourav Kothari bt Nikhil Ootam 3-0; Nikhil Ootam bt I.H. Manudev (Ktk) 3-0.

    B: Kamal Chawla (Rlys) bt Laxman Rawat (PSPB) 3-1; Kamal Chawla bt Hasan Badami (CCI) 3-0; Nitesh Madan (Rlys) bt Malkeet Singh (CCI) 3-0; Kamal Chawla bt Manan Chandra (PSPB) 3-0.

    C: Rupesh Shah (PSPB) bt Dharmender Lily (Pun) 3-2; Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) bt Kekoo Nicholson (CCI) 3-0; Pushpender Singh (Rlys) bt Nishant Dossa (CCI) 3-1; Sundeep Gulati (Del) bt Kekoo Nicholson 3-0; Rupesh Shah bt Nishant Dossa 3-0; Sundeep Gulati bt Siddharth Parikh 3-1.

    D: Aditya Agrawal (Rlys) bt Rovin D’Souza (Rlys) 3-1; Rovin D’Souza bt Faisal Khan (Rlys) 3-2; Arvind Kumar (Rlys) bt Himanshu Jain (AP) 3-2; Rafath Habib (Rlys) bt Arvind Kumar 3-1; Himanshu Jain bt Raj Khandwala (CCI) 3-1.


    Aditya Mehta stunned

    Kamal Chawla survives Malkeet scare

    Title favourite Aditya Mehta endured a shock defeat, while India No. 2 Kamal Chawla survived a scare, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Saturday.Mehta went down to upcoming Dilip Kumar of Railways 3-1 in a best-of-five frames Group A tie, in the biggest upset in the snooker competition. Tamil Nadu based Kumar got off to a dream start when he bagged the opening frame with a significant break of 53 that boosted his confidence.Mehta lived up to his reputation and replied with a break of 40 to win the second frame. But Kumar held on to small but significant breaks to remain ahead in the following two frames to fashion a memorable win in a career that has just begun. Later, Mehta ignored the early blemish and made amends with wins over former Maharashtra state champion Nikhil Ootam of CCI and I.H. Manudev of Karnataka. Asian Championship bronze medallist Kamal Chawla of Railways endured a surprise challenge against another upcoming cueist Malkeet Singh of CCI before snatching a thrilling 3-2 win in Group B.Chawla opened up with a delightful unfinished break of 87 to win the first frame, in reply to Singh’s impressive 51. Singh went on to take a surprise 2-1 lead following a break of 52 in the second frame and a black ball win in the third. But Chawla fought back to narrowly win the crucial fourth frame before taking away the decider and the match by a substantial margin. India No. 7 and Maharashtra No. 1 Laxman Rawat who was shocked in his opening two Group B matches, recovered brilliantly to beat Manan Chandra 3-0 and Maharashtra No. 2 Hasan Badami in a hard-fought 3-2 thriller. 

    Results: Snooker Round Robin: A: Shivam Arora (Bihar) bt I.H. Manudev (Ktk) 3-2; I.H. Manudev bt Jaiveer Dhingra (PSPB) 3-1; Dilip Kumar (Rlys) bt Aditya Mehta (PSPB) 3-1; Aditya Mehta bt I.H. Manudev 3-0; Shivam Arora bt Sourav Kothari (PSPB) 3-2; Aditya Mehta bt Nikhil Ootam (CCI) 3-0.

    B: Kamal Chawla (Rlys) bt Nitesh Madan (Rlys) 3-1; Laxman Rawat (PSPB) bt Manan Chandra (PSPB) 3-0; Kamal Chawla bt Malkeet Singh (CCI) 3-2; Manan Chandra bt Hasan Badami (CCI) 3-1; Manan Chandra bt Manav Panchal (Mah) 3-2; Laxman Rawat bt Hasan Badami 3-2.

    C: Sundeep Gulati (Del) bt Dharmender Lily (Pun) 3-0; Dharmender Lily bt Pushpender Singh (Rlys) 3-0; Rupesh Shah (PSPB) bt Kekoo Nicholson (CCI) 3-0; Nishant Dossa (CCI) bt Kekoo Nicholson 3-0.

    D: Himanshu Jain (AP) bt Faisal Khan (Rlys) 3-1; Rovin D’Souza (Rlys) bt Raj Khandwala (CCI) 3-0; Arvind Kumar (Rlys) bt Aditya Agrawal (Rlys) 3-2; Faisal Khan (Rlys) bt Rafath Habib (Rlys) 3-1; Himanshu Jain bt Aditya Agrawal 3-2. 


    Rawat shocked

    Faisal Khan fires 119 break in comeback win

    Asian 6-Red champion Laxman Rawat lost two back-to-back ties in the snooker competition on a dramatic day of upsets, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Friday. Rawat’s defeats led to a slew of surprise verdicts as the favourites experienced an ominous day, while the underdogs made merry for a change.India No. 7 and Maharashtra No. 1 Rawat first went down to upcoming Malkeet Singh of CCI and later to Nitesh Madan of Railways by identical 2-3 margins in exciting Group B matches. While he forced the decider after trailing 1-2 against Singh, Rawat was 0-2 against Madan before initiating another stunning recovery, only to lose his way in the decider.Nishant Dossa of CCI caused the other upset of the day when he shocked Siddharth Parikh in another 3-2 thriller in Group C, after trailing 1-2 and snatching the nail-biting decider on the black.India No. 8 Shivam Arora of Bihar experienced mixed fortunes in Group A. He was shocked by former Maharashtra champion Nikhil Ootam of CCI 2-3 and made amends with hard-fought 3-2 wins over Dilip Kumar of Railways and Maharashtra junior champion Jaiveer Dhingra. India No. 5 Faisal Khan of Railways almost joined the casualty list when he rallied from 0-2 to snatch a 3-2 win over compatriot Arvind Kumar. Khan’s effort included the tournament’s highest break of 119 in the crucial fourth frame that unfortunately ended when he missed the pink. Meanwhile, title favourite Aditya Mehta kicked off his campaign with a 3-1 win over Dhingra, while India No. 2 Kamal Chawla of Railways struggled to a 3-2 win and No. 4 Dharmender Lily of Punjab won 3-0.

    Results: Snooker Round Robin: A: Shivam Arora (Bihar) bt Jaiveer Dhingra (PSPB) 3-2; Shivam Arora bt Dilip Kumar (Rlys) 3-2; Nikhil Ootam (CCI) bt Shivam Arora 3-2; Jaiveer Dhingra bt Dilip Kumar 3-1; Aditya Mehta (PSPB) bt Jaiveer Dhingra 3-1; Dilip Kumar bt I.H. Manudev (Ktk) 3-2.

    B: Hasan Badami (CCI) bt Nitesh Madan (Rlys) 3-1; Malkeet Singh (CCI) bt Laxman Rawat (PSPB) 3-2; Nitesh Madan bt Laxman Rawat 3-2; Kamal Chawla (Rlys) bt Manav Panchal (Mah) 3-2.

    C: Nishant Dossa (CCI) bt Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) 3-2; Dharmender Lily (Pun) bt Nishant Dossa 3-0; Pushpender Singh (Rlys) bt Kekoo Nicholson (CCI) 3-0.

    D: Rafath Habib (Rlys) bt Aditya Agrawal (Rlys) 3-0; Himanshu Jain (AP) bt Rovin D’Souza (Rlys) 3-0; Aditya Agrawal bt Raj Khandwala (CCI) 3-2; Faisal Khan (Rlys) bt Arvind Kumar (Rlys) 3-2.


    Habib, Panchal snatch deciders

    Fancied Rafath Habib of Railways and Manav Panchal of Mumbai were taken the distance on an exciting day of snooker action, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Thursday. Playing his opening tie in Group B, Panchal was taken by surprise by young Malkeet Singh of CCI as he earned a hard-fought 3-2 win in the best-of-five frames round robin contest. Panchal dropped the first frame and trailed again after the losing the third on the black, before snatching the decider in another black ball finish. Panchal went on to beat Nitesh Madan of Railways 3-1, before going down to Asian 6-Red champion and India No. 7 Laxman Rawat 0-3.Tamil Nadu based Rafath Habib also kicked off his campaign with a thrilling 3-2 win over Himanshu Jain of Andhra Pradesh after rallying from 0-2 in Group D. Habib, who dropped the second frame on the black, initiated a late recovery to win three frames in a row. He later beat former Maharashtra junior champion Rovin D’Souza 3-1 and Raj Khandwala of CCI 3-0.

    Results: Snooker Round Robin: A: I.H. Manudev (Ktk) bt Sourav Kothari (PSPB) 3-1; Sourav Kothari bt Jaiveer Dhingra (PSPB) 3-1.

    B: Manan Chandra (PSPB) bt Malkeet Singh (CCI) 3-1; Manav Panchal (Mah) bt Malkeet Singh 3-2; Laxman Rawat (PSPB) bt Manav Panchal 3-0; Manav Panchal bt Nitesh Madan (Rlys) 3-1.

    C: Pushpender Singh (Rlys) bt Rupesh Shah (PSPB) 3-0; Pushpender Singh bt Sundeep Gulati (Del) 3-0; Sundeep Gulati bt Nishant Dossa (CCI) 3-0.

    D: Arvind Kumar (Rlys) bt Raj Khandwala (CCI) 3-2; Rovin D’Souza (Mah) bt Arvind Kumar 3-1; Rafath Habib (Rlys) bt Himanshu Jain (AP) 3-2; Rafath Habib bt Rovin D’Souza 3-1; Faisal Khan (Rlys) bt Raj Khandwala 3-0; Rafath Habib bt Raj Khandwala 3-0.

     

    Unstoppable Advani supreme

    Eight-time world champion Pankaj Advani fashioned a fluent victory to emerge supreme in the billiards competition, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Wednesday.

    Advani romped to a comfortable 1425-447 win over twice world runner-up Dhruv Sitwala, who endured high fever since the pre-quarter-finals, in a surprisingly one-sided championship round. But Advani broke the monotony with a slew of entertaining breaks that left the knowledgeable audience at the Wilson Jones billiards room yearning for more.

    The ace cueist, who hit the tournament’s highest break of 530, did not disappoint as he warmed up with an early 98 break before firing a delightful 243 and adding 193 to lead by a substantial 787-227 at the half way stage of the four hour final.

    With a lukewarm response from Sitwala, who succumbed to the early pressure, Advani made merry with impressive top-table play as he enjoyed the huge advantage while adding 200 and 196 in the second half. Advani’s stupendous effort left Sitwala way behind as he had no answer to the rampaging Bangalore cueist’s break-building ability.

    “Full credit to Dhruv for reaching the final after battling high fever and beating some established players en route. The final was a big occasion but unfortunately he was unwell,” reasoned Advani. “Since there was no challenge, I didn’t really enjoy the match. But I am happy with the consistent breaks and heavy scoring throughout the tournament.”

    Earlier, in the three-hour semi-finals, Advani tamed former world champion Rupesh Shah that included a break of 297, while Sitwala registered a nail-biting 9-point win over Maharashtra state selection champion Arun Agrawal.

    Agrawal snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as he frittered away the advantage he enjoyed for most part of the match, bungling a simple red pot and shockingly missing an equally simple cannon that was laid on a platter with two minutes remaining.

    Results: Billiards Final: Pankaj Advani (PSPB) bt Dhruv Sitwala (PSPB) 1425(98,87,78,243,193,200,196,96)-447(95).

    Semi-finals: Pankaj Advani (PSPB) bt Rupesh Shah (PSPB) 1103(180,146,297,151,271)-546(89,278); Dhruv Sitwala (PSPB) bt Arun Agrawal (Mah) 641(165,81)-632(115).


    Arun Agrawal stuns Alok to enter semis

    Advani fires spectacular 530 break

    Reigning senior state selection champion Arun Agrawal shocked former national champion Alok Kumar in a thriller to storm into the billiards semi-finals, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Tuesday. While Agrawal was the toast of the day, eight-time world champion Pankaj Advani fired a spectacular 530 break while prevailing over world bronze medallist Devendra Joshi who also immediately replied with a 112 in the quarter-finals, on an exciting day of big breaks. Title contender Advani’s effort eclipsed national champion Sourav Kothari’s equally brilliant 494, as he sealed a last four clash with former world champion Rupesh Shah, while Agrawal will take on twice world runner-up Dhruv Sitwala in the other semi-final. Apart from Advani, who also added a 247 break in the pre-quarter-finals, Shah sparkled with a break of 186 en route to a win over world bronze medallist Ashok Shandilya and Sitwala, who hit a 249 in the last 16, fired a 187 while upsetting Kothari in the quarter-finals. Ten-time state champion Agrawal got off to a dream start as he surged to a significant lead of 180 points at the end of the first hour of the two-and-a-half hour quarter-final against Kumar. But Kumar, the 2011 Asian champion, initiated a stunning recovery to lead 459-427 with crucial breaks of 86 and 68 with about 40 minutes remaining.Agrawal fought back and fired a timely 138 break that helped him surge to a crucial 100-point advantage with 22 minutes to go. He added another decisive break of 47 and with just six minutes remaining, Kumar had little time for a reversal of fortunes. “I have been consistent from the beginning of the tournament and improved with every game. I dared to go for my shots while, I feel, Alok played under pressure and made quite a few mistakes,” explained Agrawal. “When Alok took that lead with two breaks, everything suddenly began going right for him. But I remained focused and managed to hold on. The breaks in the end proved decisive.” Earlier, in the pre-quarter-finals, Agrawal ousted former Railways champion Siddharth Parikh in another tight contest. It was a neck-and-neck battle until the halfway mark of the two-hour duel until Agrawal surged to a lead of 190 points and with just 15 minutes to go Parikh was left stranded.

    Results: Quarter-finals: Rupesh Shah (PSPB) bt Ashok Shandilya (Rlys) 607(186)-288; Dhruv Sitwala (PSPB) bt Sourav Kothari (PSPB) 619(187)-376; Arun Agrawal (Mah) bt Alok Kumar (PSPB) 668(86,138)-539; Pankaj Advani (PSPB) bt Devendra Joshi (PSPB) 1046(92,530)-368(112).

    Pre-Quarter-finals: Alok Kumar bt K. Venkatesham (Rlys) 594(104)-405; Ashok Shandilya bt D. Rajkumar (Ktk) 505(100)-387; Pankaj Advani bt I.H. Manudev (Ktk) 988(120-121,247,113)-461; Arun Agrawal bt Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) 587-438; Devendra Joshi bt Malkeet Singh (Rlys) 778-316; Rupesh Shah bt Aditya Agrawal (Rlys) 712(99,100,98,112)-308; Sourav Kothari (PSPB) bt Jaiveer Dhingra (PSPB) 871(151,164,105,168)-235; Dhruv Sitwala bt Nalin Patel (Mah) 540(249)-326.


     

    Advani delights with big breaks

    Eight-time world champion Pankaj Advani sizzled with the big breaks as he rolled into the billiards knock out pre-quarter-finals, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Monday. Advani won back-to-back matches against Siddharth Parikh of Railways and Maharashtra state selection junior champion Jaiveer Dhingra to top Group A. Advani hit two century breaks against Parikh, who hit a 152 in reply, and missed another couple by two points each, besides firing a delightful 225 against Dhingra. 2011 Asian and former national champion Alok Kumar of PSPB also recorded back-to-back wins against Railway cueists Shekhar Surve Aditya Agrawal to qualify for the last 16 from Group C. National champion Sourav Kothari, who fired the competition’s highest break of 494 on Sunday, completed a clean sweep when he beat world bronze medallist Ashok Shandilya for his fifth straight win to qualify from Group B. Meanwhile, the snooker competition will get under way on May 13 and conclude with the final on May 21. The snooker round robin that will be played over best-of-five frames includes four groups with seven players each and the top four finishers from each group will qualify for the knock out pre-quarter-finals. 

    Results: Group A: Pankaj Advani (PSPB) bt Siddharth Parikh (CCI) 813(100,175,98,98)-441(152); Pankaj Advani bt Jaiveer Dhingra (PSPB) 852(162,225)-258. 

    Group B: Sourav Kothari (PSPB) bt Ashok Shandilya (Rlys) 493(130,97)-403; I.H. Manudev (Ktk) bt Rohan Jambusaria (Mah) 583-327.

    Group C: Alok Kumar (PSPB) bt Shekhar Surve (Rlys) 647-348; Alok Kumar bt Aditya Agrawal (Rlys) 653(90)-389.


    Sourav sizzles with 494 break


    National champion Sourav Kothari was the toast of the day when he fired a scintillating break of 494, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Sunday.

    Kolkata based Kothari of PSPB, the 2011 world bronze medallist, hit the competition’s highest break en route to a convincing 1047-269 win over senior state selection champion Arun Agrawal of Maharashtra in Group B.

    Kothari was in dazzling form as he delighted with impressive top-table play and added a century break of 111 for his fourth straight win in the group that sealed his place in the knock out pre-quarter-finals.

    “I could have gone further but I missed a difficult cannon. I was on my toes right through, because one can never be complacent against a billiards specialist like Arun Agrawal,” explained Kothari.

    Kothari’s mouth-watering effort overshadowed eight-time world champion Pankaj Advani’s passion for big breaks as the accomplished Bangalore cueist initiated a break-building spree.

    Advani registered three consecutive wins against Satbir Narula of CCI, seasoned Chandresh Shah of Maharashtra and former world professional No. 7 Nalin Patel.

    Advani, the national snooker champion, warmed up with a break of 290 against Shah and 261 against Patel, apart from a slew of delightful century breaks.“For the first time I played the spotted balls. The conditions at the CCI are very good for billiards and conducive for the big breaks,” said Advani.  The other significant winners were twice world runner-up Dhruv Sitwala of PSPB and world bronze medallist Ashok Shandilya of Railways who missed a double century break by a solitary point. 

    Results: Group A: Pankaj Advani (PSPB) bt Satbir Narula (CCI) 1012(107,102)-219; Pankaj Advani bt Chandresh Shah (Mah) 860(186,119,290)-256; Pankaj Advani bt Nalin Patel (Mah) 843(261,120,105,100)-374(106).

    Group B: Ashok Shandilya (Rlys) bt I.H. Manudev (Ktk) 857(115,199)-284; Sourav Kothari (PSPB) bt I.H. Manudev 803(93,95,114)-406; Sourav Kothari bt Arun Agrawal (Mah) 1047(111,494)-269. 

    Group C: D. Rajkumar (Ktk) bt Alok Kumar (PSPB) 523-512; Alok Kumar bt Malkeet Singh (CCI) 867-379.

    Group D: Mahesh Jagdale (Mah) bt Hitesh Kotwani (Mah) 533-423; Dhruv Sitwala (PSPB) bt Devendra Joshi (PSPB) 514(117)-458.


    Jagdale jolts Joshi 

    Mahesh Jagdale of Maharashtra shocked seasoned Devendra Joshi for one of the biggest upsets, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Saturday. Jagdale’s significant 587-402 win over the world bronze medallist in an exciting billiards Group D tie left the door marginally ajar for his place in the knock out. But much would depend on the outcome of other matches in the group and Jagdale’s margin of victory against Hitesh Kotwani in his concluding tie. Jagdale, who lost his earlier ties to Dhruv Sitwala, Karnataka-based K. Venkatesham of Railways and Rupesh Shah of PSPB, capitalised on the opportunities that came his way and relied on crucial breaks to stay ahead of his more accomplished opponent. Joshi, who lit up the competition with a brilliant 218 break the previous day, surprisingly struggled, missing crucial top-table shots that set him back. Jagdale seized his chances and led by about 180 points toward the end of the two-hour battle. He sealed the issue with a crucial break of 60 in the last half hour that left Joshi little hope of a recovery. In another significant upset, India No. 5 Rupesh Shah stunned twice world runner-up and India No. 4 Dhruv Sitwala 545-252, while national champion Sourav Kothari kicked of his campaign with two straight wins. In Group C, India No. 7 Malkeet Singh of CCI registered a crucial win over Aditya Agrawal of Railways for his fourth straight win to seal his place in the pre-quarter-finals.

    Results: Group A: Satbir Narula (CCI) bt Chandresh Shah (Mah) 505-323; Nalin Patel (Mah) bt Chandresh Shah 591-469. 

    Group B: Sourav Kothari (PSPB) bt Kekoo Nicholson (CCI) 651-362; I.H. Manudev (Ktk) bt Kekoo Nicholson 625-392; Sourav Kothari bt Rohan Jambusaria (Mah) 807(134,106)-250.

    Group C: Alok Kumar (PSPB) bt V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian (Mah) 684-468; Malkeet Singh (CCI) bt Aditya Agrawal (Rlys) 511-451; V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian bt D. Rajkumar (Ktk) 577(97)-371.

    Group D: K. Venkatesham (Rlys) bt Hitesh Kotwani (Mah) 523-436; Devendra Joshi (PSPB) bt K. Venkatesham 611(92,118)-522; Rupesh Shah (PSPB) bt Dhruv Sitwala (PSPB) 545-252; Rupesh Shah bt Mahesh Jagdale (Mah) 580-401; Mahesh Jagdale bt Devendra Joshi 587-402.


    Narrow win for Sitwala 

    Twice world runner-up Dhruv Sitwala fashioned a narrow win, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Friday. Sitwala coasted to his third straight win in Group D when he overcame Karnataka-based Railways cueist K. Venkatesham 454-418 in the two-hour format billiards contest that was crucial for his progress in the competition. Former Railways champion Siddharth Parikh registered back-to-back wins after prevailing over former world professional No. 7 Nalin Patel and state selection junior champion Jaiveer Dhingra of ONGC in Group A. Parikh is sitting pretty with four wins in a row that has enhanced his chances of qualifying for the knock out pre-quarter-finals. In Group B, world bronze medallist Ashok Shandilya and senior state selection champion Arun Agrawal also recorded their third straight wins to keep their hopes alive. 

    Results: Group A: Jaiveer Dhingra (ONGC) bt Satbir Narula (CCI) 612-287; Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) bt Nalin Patel (Mah) 500-313; Nalin Patel bt Satbir Narula 729(125,92,91)-201; Siddharth Parikh bt Jaiveer Dhingra 718(101,121,94)-256. 

    Group B: Arun Agrawal (Mah) bt Kekoo Nicholson (CCI) 854(116,90)-293; Ashok Shandilya (Rlys) bt Rohan Jambusaria (Mah) 671(135)-351; Arun Agrawal bt I.H. Manudev (Ktk) 625(114)-409.

    Group C: Malkeet Singh (CCI) bt V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian (Mah) 538-373; V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian bt Shekhar Surve (Rlys) 427-309; Aditya Agrawal (Rlys) bt Shekhar Surve 388-343; D. Rajkumar (Ktk) bt Shekhar Surve 492-276; 

    Group D: Dhruv Sitwala (PSPB) bt K. Venkatesham (Rlys) 454-418; Devendra Joshi (PSPB) bt Rupesh Shah (PSPB) 417-395; Rupesh Shah bt K. Venkatesham 398(101,91)-363.


    smiley Vintage Joshi fires 218 break  smiley

    World bronze medallist Devendra Joshi was the toast of the day when he fired a sensational 218 break, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Thursday. The seasoned Bharat Petroleum cueist played vintage billiards with sparkling top-table play en route to an effortless 849-335 win over CCI’s Hitesh Kotwani in Group D. Joshi warmed up with two brilliant breaks of 93 and 90, narrowly missing the century milestone, before treating cuesports enthusiasts to the delightful double century break that unfortunately ended when he narrowly missed a simple top-pocket in-off while in a good position. Later, twice world runner-up and India No. 4 Dhruv Sitwala extended the treat when he hit three century breaks while prevailing over Kotwani 782-212 in another Group D tie. Sitwala hit 108, 174 and narrowly missed a double century break with a 183.The big guns dominated the day as former Railways champion Siddharth Parikh hit 106, former world professional No. 7 Nalin Patel made 104 and world bronze medallist Ashok Shandilya delighted with a 129. The other significant winners were India No. 5 Rupesh Shah of PSPB and India No. 7 Malkeet Singh of CCI. 

    Results: Group A: Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) bt Satbir Narula (CCI) 758(106, 88,83)-266; Nalin Patel (Mah) bt Jaiveer Dhingra (ONGC) 458(104,97)-341. 

    Group B: Rohan Jambusaria (Mah) bt Kekoo Nicholson (CCI) 364-349; Ashok Shandilya (Rlys) bt Arun Agrawal (Mah) 624-430; Ashok Shandilya bt Kekoo Nicholson 873(94,129)-230.

    Group C: D. Rajkumar (Ktk) bt Aditya Agrawal (Rlys) 577-476; Malkeet Singh (CCI) bt D. Rajkumar 491-367. 

    Group D: Dhruv Sitwala (PSPB) bt Hitesh Kotwani (CCI) 782(108,174,183)-212; K. Venkatesham (Rlys) bt Mahesh Jagdale 544(91)-406; Rupesh Shah (PSPB) bt Hitesh Kotwani 550-387; Devendra Joshi (PSPB) bt Hitesh Kotwani 849(93,90,218)-335. 


    wink Easy for Agrawals wink

    The father and son duo of Arun Agrawal and his son Aditya registered convincing wins to kick off their campaigns in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament that got under way on Wednesday. It was all in the family in the two hour format billiards competition, as state selection senior champion Arun prevailed over Rohan Jambusaria 688-226 with a break of 107 in Group B, while Aditya overcame V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian 727-295 that included breaks of 74 and 93 in Group C. The other winner in Group C was Malkeet Singh of CCI who beat Shekhar Surve of Railways 444-287. Fancied Chandresh Shah lost two matches back-to-back against former Railways champion Siddharth Parikh and state selection junior champion Jaiveer Dhingra of ONGC in Group A. Parikh’s effort included breaks of 83, 91 and a brilliant 140. The billiards round robin includes four groups with six players each and the top four finishers from each group will qualify for the knock out pre-quarter-finals.

    Results: Group A: Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) bt Chandresh Shah (Mah) 768(83,91,140)-370; Jaiveer Dhingra (ONGC) bt Chandresh Shah 541-380. 

    Group B: Arun Agrawal (Mah) bt Rohan Jambusaria (Mah) 688(107)-226. 

    Group C: Malkeet Singh (CCI) bt Shekhar Surve (Rlys) 444-287; Aditya Agrawal (Rlys) bt V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian (Mah) 727(93,74)-295.


      Pankaj, Aditya for CCI Classic yes

    Current national snooker champion Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta are among the galaxy of Indian stars who will feature in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker extravaganza that will be held from May 7 to 21 at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room. Apart from Advani, the other formidable players in the country who will vie for honours include national champion Sourav Kothari, India No. 2 Alok Kumar, No. 4 Dhruv Sitwala, No. 5 Rupesh Shah, world bronze medallists Ashok Shandilya and Devendra Joshi and former world professional No. 7 Nalin Patel among others in the billiards competition that will be held from May 7 to 14.  Apart from Mehta, India No. 2 Kamal Chawla who reached the Asian Championship semi-finals, No. 4 Dharmender Lilly, No. 5 Faisal Khan, No. 6 Sundeep Gulati, No. 7 Laxman Rawat and No. 8 Shivam Arora will feature in the snooker competition that will be held from May 13 to 21. At stake is the snooker winner's prize of Rs. 1 lakh, while the billiards winner will receive Rs. 75,000. In addition, the semi-finalists, quarter-finalists and pre-quarter-finalists also will receive prize money. The billiards round robin that will be played in the two-hour format includes four groups with six players each and the top four finishers from each group will qualify for the pre-quarter-finals. The snooker round robin that will be played over best-of-five frames includes four groups with seven players each and the top four finishers from each group will qualify for the pre-quarter-finals.

     



     

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